Italy referendum: PM Renzi’s future in the balance as is Europe..”NO” vote wins

•December 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38198177

The polls have closed in Italy, in a referendum which is being closely watched for further signs of anti-establishment sentiment in Europe.

The vote, called by centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, is formally on plans to streamline parliament but is expected to be used as a chance to register discontent.

Populist parties support a No vote.

The turnout has been very high by Italian standards – about 60% on average.

Nearly two-thirds of the electorate has voted in prosperous northern Italy but the turnout was much lower in the south.

Voting began on Sunday at 07:00 (06:00 GMT) and ended at 23:00 local time.

Matteo Renzi, who has said he will resign if he loses, is set to address the Italian people at midnight (23:00 GMT).

In brief, the reforms include reducing the power of the Senate. Its members would be cut from 315 to 100, with most drawn from mayors and regional representatives.

Mr Renzi says the reforms would speed up the cumbersome law-making process in Italy, which has had 60 governments since 1948.

Opponents say the proposals would concentrate too much power in the prime minister’s hands.

Some 50 million Italians have the right to vote in the referendum – many voters are fed up with years of economic stagnation.

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this is the big news to watch out for today..its huge..

if renzi loses this hes gone and there will likely be a new election and then there may be a referendum to leave the EU..thats a death rattle for them..

“Some 50 million Italians have the right to vote in the referendum – many voters are fed up with years of economic stagnation.”

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UPDATE:

Hollande will not recontest presidency

•December 5, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/12/02/06/19/hollande-will-not-recontest-presidency

French President Francois Hollande says he will not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, an unprecedented move that leaves the way open for other left-wing candidates.

It is the first time in decades that an incumbent French president has not sought re-election. Hollande is the most unpopular president on record.

“I am aware today of the risk that going down a route that would not gather sufficient support would entail, so I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election,” a sombre-looking Hollande said in a televised address on Thursday.

All recent polls have predicted that neither Hollande nor any other Socialist candidate would make it past the first round of the election. They predict a run-off battle between centre-right candidate Francois Fillon and the leader of the far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen.

The Left is deeply divided as it approaches the election. Several other Socialists, including former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg, have said they will take part in the party’s primaries in January.

Another of Hollande’s ex-ministers, Emmanuel Macron, and leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have said they will run in the presidential election but without taking part in the primaries.

There has been tension between Hollande and his prime minister Manuel Valls, who raised the possibility in a weekend interview that he might run in the primaries against his boss.

Hollande beat conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in an election in May 2012 after a classic leftwing campaign in which he targeted big business and pledged to raise taxes for high earners.

But his popularity soon began to decline with a perceived lack of leadership and flip-flops on key issues, particularly tax reform, which dismayed many on the left. His popularity has been undermined by stubbornly high unemployment and anaemic economic growth.

Grassroots supporters were further alienated by a pro-business switch in 2014, a wavering over security reforms, and by labour laws that brought thousands out onto the streets in protests early this year.

Hollande’s image was also hit by a series of communication mis-steps, including a very public split with his ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler and pictures of him going to visit his new partner on a scooter.

The last straw for some of his closest supporters was the publication of a book by two Le Monde journalists in October. In interviews with them, Hollande criticised several of his allies and others from judges to footballers, in comments that were widely criticised as indiscreet and ill-befitting a president.

He also disclosed that French secret services had carried out four targeted killings on his orders.

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shut the door on your way out “Mr 4%”!

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/politique/sondage-avec-4-de-satisfaits-hollande-atteint-un-record-d-impopularite_1844257.html

“his popularity soon began to decline with a perceived lack of leadership and flip-flops on key issues, particularly tax reform, which dismayed many on the left. His popularity has been undermined by stubbornly high unemployment and anaemic economic growth.”

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Putin calls for better ties with US..dismisses election-meddling claim

•December 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/12/01/vladimir-putin-gives-soviet-style-state-union-and-russians-yawned/XpM6Pg68LCPoiSNzlkrUfI/story.html

President Vladimir Putin of Russia called for better ties with the United States in his annual address Thursday, while brushing away allegations of meddling in the US presidential campaign and Washington’s concerns about Kremlin interference in other countries.

But the moment that went viral on Russian websites was an image of the national broadcast that appeared to show his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, eyes turned down, appearing to doze off. Whether the premier was napping or just checking his notes, the image was seen by many as an appropriate metaphor for the 70-minute televised speech.

In a businesslike tone that recalled a Soviet Communist Party Central Committee meeting, Putin ticked off various economic issues and raised his emotional level — and his own voice — only when he brought up the Olympics doping scandal and ‘‘external pressure’’ on Russia.

‘‘They’ve used everything against us,’’ Putin said. ‘‘Myths about Russian aggression, about propaganda, interference in other countries’ elections, besmirching our athletes, including paralympic athletes.’’

‘‘Unlike other foreign colleagues, who see Russia as an enemy, we are not looking for and never looked for enemies,’’ Putin added.

He repeated his desire to improve the relationship with Washington — another clear signal of Moscow’s hopes to build ties with President-elect Donald Trump — amid Western outcry over Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its proxy war in eastern Ukraine, and its air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

‘‘We are ready for cooperation with the new administration,’’ Putin said. ‘‘I am counting on joint efforts with the United States in the fight against real, not imagined, threats of international terrorism.’’

Putin has on several occasions spoken of the need to mend US-Russian ties since the election of Trump. Trump has spoken about the need to cooperate with Russia.

For most of the address in the opulent St. George’s Hall of the Kremlin, Putin listed economic data and plans to improve Russia’s infrastructure. Government officials and members of the parliament applauded mildly here and there.

‘‘The only emotional parts of the speech concerned international politics; everything else was dreary, full of banalities,’’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a liberal Russian political analyst, on the independent television station TV Rain.

Later, he added: ‘‘It’s clear that Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly is nothing more than a ritual at this point; he doesn’t treat the content of his speech seriously.’’

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‘‘They’ve used everything against us,’’ Putin said. ‘‘Myths about Russian aggression, about propaganda, interference in other countries’ elections, besmirching our athletes, including paralympic athletes.’’‘‘Unlike other foreign colleagues, who see Russia as an enemy, we are not looking for and never looked for enemies,’’ Putin added.”

they did indeed..

“The only emotional parts of the speech concerned international politics; everything else was dreary, full of banalities,’’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a liberal Russian political analyst, on the independent television station TV Rain.”

oh no..not “banalities”!!

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Soros on debt: “What you need to do is print money..but its against the rules”

•December 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

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a truth burp from george..its only illegal if you get caught..or if you get caught and you arent really special..

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Mexican Central Bank head quits amid fears over “Trump impact”

•December 5, 2016 • 6 Comments

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-01/mexican-central-bank-head-quits-amid-fears-over-trump-impact

In one of the day’s more puzzling developments, the Mexican peso tumbled on news that the head of the Mexican central bank, Augusten Carstens, who several years ago competed against Christine Lagarde for the top IMF post, announced he would unexpectedly stand down from his post next July. The term of the 58-year-old Carstens, who headed the central bank since 2010, was due to conclude at the end of 2021, which makes today’s announcement particularly surprising.

Carstens, a former Mexican finance minister respected by international investors, will leave to take the top job at the Bank for International Settlements in October for a five-year term. He is known as a savvy political operator who rose from being the central bank’s chief economist in the 1990s to hold senior posts in the finance ministry. As head of the central bank, he presided over Mexico’s recovery from the global financial crisis and helped keep inflation low in a country that had suffered a string of economic mishaps in previous years.

The peso, which has plunged in recent weeks on by fears surrounding the Trump presidency, tumbled more than 1% on the news, hitting its lowest since mid-November, however it has since recovered modestly.

“It was shocking,” Ernesto Revilla, an economist at Banamex, said of Carstens’ departure cited by Reuters. “There were rumors of this, but no one was expecting it to happen so soon, especially with the new Trump scenario.” Revilla added that “Agustin has been a pillar of economic policy in Mexico.” He added that the peso suffered on Thursday because “there is no clear successor at the central bank … There is no one on the top of peoples’ minds of who could take his place,” he added.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agust%C3%ADn_Carstens

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real life jabba the hutt..

“Carstens, a former Mexican finance minister respected by international investors, will leave to take the top job at the Bank for International Settlements in October for a five-year term.”

straight over to the BIS.. *sigh

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Images 4/12/16

•December 4, 2016 • 23 Comments

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you could talk about this cover for a week..the economist, what it means and why..must be some sort of satire?

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aussies..

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are you seeing it yet!

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whats in his pocket?

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rogue mag is churning it out..

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dickhead..

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a horrifying image i hadnt seen before from 9/11..

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this wwe group is/was called the ascension..lots of symbolism in the wwe..

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viktor..

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*sigh

you cant make this stuff up..nobody would believe you..

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Rachida Dati on why powerful women have betrayed the poor

•December 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachida_Dati

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great little video here..some real truth..the big wig female leaders have betrayed the working class females..they always do!

she delivers some facts for hillary supporters as well..their hypocritical stance on feminism in regards to how females are treated in some muslim nations..nations that HRC supported and took donations from..

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